CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) — A large swath of southern Missouri is working to dig out from a storm that has coated the region with a mix of snow, ice and sleet.
The National Weather Service says that from Thursday to Friday, 6 to 12 inches of snow fell in areas of the state south of Interstate 44, with some of the heaviest accumulations recorded near the Missouri-Arkansas state line.
Another storm system was forecast to hit the state overnight into Sunday, dumping 1 to 3 inches in north and west-central Missouri, with the heaviest snows near the Iowa-Missouri border. Only a dusting of snow is expected further south.
Although a wind chill advisory covering much of the southern half of the state was allowed to expire mid-morning Saturday, temperatures remain well below average today.
KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) - Twin water spouts put on a spectacular show over Lake Michigan, near the Wisconsin shore.
The water spouts were sighted a couple of miles off shore about 1:30 p.m. Thursday after a funnel cloud was sighted in the Wisconsin town of Kenosha.
Sgt. Bill Beth of the Kenosha County sheriff's office says the two water spouts merged into one large one, then split.
Beth says it was a "beautiful day" when the water spouts "just popped out of nowhere."
National Weather Service meteorologist Ed Townsend says water spouts generally occur between August and October.
Warning sirens were activated around 1:15 p.m. No damage or injuries were reported.
Low-interest loans are now available to some residents and business owners in St. Louis and St. Charles county who were affected by storms between May 29 and June 10.
The funds are coming from the US Small Business Administration. Homeowners could receive as much as $200,000 to replace homes or land. Businesses and nonprofits could as be eligible for up to $2 million in loans to repair or replace land, property, or other business assets. Loan rates start as low as 1.8%.
More information is available from the SBA's Customer Service at 1-800-659-2955 or www.sba.gov/disaster.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Governor Jay Nixon says low-interest loans will be available to residents and business owners in several eastern Missouri communities hit by damaging weather from May 29th through June 10th.
Nixon's office said Friday the U.S. Small Business Administration has granted the state's request for the assistance.
The low-interest loans will be offered in the city of St. Louis and in St. Louis, St. Charles, Franklin, Jefferson, Lincoln and Warren counties.
Homeowners, renters, business owners and nonprofit organizations may apply for the loans to repair or replace property, equipment and inventory damaged by floods, high winds hail and tornadoes.
Severe storms are rolling through the St. Louis area. A severe thunderstorm warning just expired for St. Louis city and county.
The storms brought a mix on very heavy rain and strong winds. Ameren is already reporting over 5,400 customers with out power. The outages are concentrated in St. Charles and St. Louis counties--with around 4200 outages in St. Charles.
The storms are now taking aim at the metro east as severe warnings are issued Madison, Monroe and St. Clair Cos. in Illinois until 5:35 p.m..
The National Weather Service has increased the number of tornadoes that touched down in the St. Louis are last week to nine.
The largest and most damaging of the twisters was the EF-3 that cut a 32 mile path of destruction through St. Charles County and north St. Louis County.
Another EF-3 tornado his ripped through Roxana, Illinois, doing serious damage to the landfill. Macoupin County was hit by EF-2 and EF-1 twisters, with one severely damaging a high school gym in Gillispie.
Additionally, there were two EF-1 tornadoes in Franklin and Jefferson Counties, and three EF-0 tornadoes in Montgomery County
The call for sandbaggers at Portage Des Sioux had been answered.
St. Charles County officials say no additional volunteers are needed. KTRS's Michael Golde was at the scene earlier today and said that within an hour of the request for help on Monday morning, the number of sandbaggers nearly doubled.
Officials say the situation could change, it is unknown how long work on the sandbagging will continue.
8:10PM: A line of severe storms is moving through the St. Louis metro area.
These storms are capable of producing damaging straight-line winds, hail, and flash flooding.
A Tornado Warning has been issued for St. Louis county that expires at 8:15 PM
Work on the Bridgeton landfill begins today now that drier weather is forecast. Heavy rain prevented repairs for two days to get rid of an odor coming from the landfill. Homeowners who live nearby are staying in a hotel.
Operators of the landfill believe removing concrete pipes will help eliminate a strong odor that is bothering residents who live near the landfill that sits near Lambert Airport in suburban St. Louis. But the removal process, expected to last through mid-June, is also expected to temporarily make the smell worse.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Officials at two hospitals say they're treating nearly 60 patients, including more than a dozen children, after a massive tornado hit suburban Oklahoma City.
Integris Southwest Medical Center spokeswoman Brooke Cayot (KAY'-ot) said 10 of 37 patients being treated at that facility Monday are listed in critical condition. Twelve are in serious and 15 others are listed in fair or good condition.
Five of the patients are children, including two who came from the Plaza Towers Elementary School, where an Associated Press photographer saw several children being pulled from the rubble. Cayot could not confirm the children's conditions.
Spokesman Scott Coppenbarger says another 20 patients of various ages are being treated at OU Medical Center. He says eight of them are children.